After signing him to 6-year deal worth close to $100 million in 2012, the Buffalo Bills are moving on from Mario Williams. The team is going to cut the defensive end.
Williams has to wait till the new year starts on March 9th in order to sign with a new team in free agency.
This season in 15 games, Williams had 19 tackles and 5.0 sacks. Seeing the numbers that he put up in the 2013-14 season, this season was a huge disappointment and a huge drop off from the season before. The team did put him in coverage where his main strength is rushing the passer and getting sacks.
Even though Williams did perform well in his first three seasons, the team is making a good decision in cutting him right now.
His salary was going to become a problem, and Williams seems to have problems in the locker room and sometimes on the field. The team still has guys on the defensive line to replace Williams. With this move, the team gets some salary cap relief to improve the team this offseason.
It was not working out for Williams with the team, with Rex Ryan as head coach, he was not performing well in Ryan’s defensive scheme. He still has a lot of talent, even though he had a bad season.
Williams can still be one of the pass rushers in the league, he just has to be on the right team to perform at that level.
There are a lot of teams that are playoff contenders that would love to have a veteran defensive end in Williams that can improve the teams pass rush. Two team that comes into mind is New England Patriots or Houston Texans.
The Patriots are known for bringing in players who are coming off bad seasons and bringing success to the team. Williams also wants a ring, so he might have to settle for a good three or two year deal.
The Texans makes good sense as well since the team need help on the pass rush. Also, Williams spent a good chunk of his career with the team before signing with the Bills. Do not count out a team like Pittsburgh Steelers in the sweepstakes for Williams.